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Hats for the Homeless 2015

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PROJECT UPDATE:

This project is over.

Hats collected: 565!!!

Be sure to sign up for the Little Monkeys Crochet mailing list (via the sidebar form) so you don’t miss out on this fun project next year! View the original post below.

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I want to take a couple minutes to tell you about a part of the world that is very close to my heart. I have a simple, meaningful opportunity for you to use your crochet skills to bless someone in need, so hang in there with me!

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

I work as the graphics/web designer for a very special organization called Project Hope Ministries.  Project Hope’s main purpose is to find Forever Families for waiting children in orphanages in Bogota, Colombia (South America) who are the least likely to be adopted — children who are older, have special needs, or are a part of a sibling group. Project Hope attaches matching grants to these children to assist families with the financial cost of adoption, and also provides support to them when they come home. The organization is near and dear to my heart because it was started by my sister and her husband, who have adopted 4 beautiful children (3 from Colombia, and 1 from Bulgaria). My younger sister Jenny was also adopted from Colombia at the age of 13.

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The staff of Project Hope spends time each summer in the beautiful city of 7 million people, supporting orphanage staff and teaching the children about Jesus, as well as spreading a message of hope to the poorest of the poor who fight a daily struggle for survival on the streets downtown. Colombia does not have the extensive social welfare programs that we have here in the US and in many other countries; if a man is unable to support his family due to disability, illness, life circumstance, he is forced to forage and beg in the streets. There are no other options; no food stamps, no government housing. In one of the biggest cities in the world, the poverty is a heartbreaking sight.

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I had the opportunity to take my second trip to Bogota in the summer of 2013, traveling as a videographer for Project Hope, and my heart was broken for the homeless all around me. Our team took a couple dozen “Blessing Bags” downtown to give away to those who most needed some hope – whether it came from the tangible items we handed them (soap, toothbrushes, granola bars, etc), or from the smiles we offered and the prayers we prayed, I hope that it had a small impact on each life we encountered that week. I know that my life will certainly never be the same after what I saw.

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

Last year, the Little Monkeys Crochet family came up with almost 100 hats to send to Bogota with the 2014 mission team. This year, my goal is the same: 100 hats!

The requirements for all hats are as follows:

  • Hats should be sized for an average adult male (you can use your own pattern or the one I’ve provided at the bottom of this blog post)
  • Hats should be made in neutral colors (black, gray, brown, dark blue or green) and cannot have any embellishments such as buttons
  • Striped hats are ok
  • Use acrylic or cotton yarn (avoid wool)
  • May be crocheted or knit

Each hat made will be placed in a larger “blessing bag” filled with toiletries, snacks and other necessities, as well as a spanish-language New Testament Bible. These bags will be distributed downtown by Project Hope Ministries’ 2015 summer mission teams.

If you would like to pledge to make a hat (or lots of hats!), please use the sign-up sheet below. Hats should be shipped no later than May 15, 2015, to the following address:

Project Hope Ministries
195 Bradley Street
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Please include a piece of paper with your name, address, and email address. For every hat you send, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Joann Fabrics! The winner will be notified by email on May 20.

PROJECT UPDATE:

This project is over.

Hats collected: 565!!!

Be sure to sign up for the Little Monkeys Crochet mailing list (via the sidebar form) so you don’t miss out on this fun project next year!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why Colombia? Why not the U.S.?
A. Colombia is special to me, and that’s why I partner with Project Hope Ministries. I don’t think, however, that participating in one project has to mean you can’t participate in others. There are countless opportunities to use your yarn skills to give hope to people in the US. This particular opportunity, however, is for Colombia. (Not to mention, I have readers from all over the world — so wherever you live, try to find ways to use your gifts to help people near and far!)

Q. Why do the hats have to be so plain?
A. These hats will provide warmth to some of Colombia’s poorest. Unfortunately, as is the case in areas of extreme poverty, theft is common. We want to minimize the chances of them being stolen from their recipients, and making them plain yet functional is the best way we can do that.

Q. Do I have to use your pattern?
A. Nope! Just make sure any pattern you use fits the requirements listed above.

Q. Where can I learn more about Project Hope Ministries?
A. Please visit www.project-hope-minitries.org to learn about all of Project Hope’s awesome ministries in Colombia and here in the US!

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you're agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions. You're welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet littlemonkeyscrochet.com
Here are the “do nots”:
  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft, regardless of what your pattern-sharing buddies tell you. 🙂
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) for your own use. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post.

A NOTE ABOUT PRINTING: My patterns no longer show up when accessed via PrintFriendly.com. (This is out of my control; please see my FAQs for more info.) If you wish to print this pattern (for personal use only), you can copy & paste it into a text editing document, or purchase the inexpensive PDF (see pattern info, below).

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Basic Men's Hat Seamless Crochet Pattern

Hook: I (5.50mm)
Yarn: Soft worsted weight yarn (I typically use Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” or Lion Brand’s “Vanna’s Choice”)
Difficulty: Easy

Notes:

  • You will work in a continuous round. You will not join or turn. Use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows.

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With I hook, make a Magic Circle (also known as an Adjustable Loop).

Round 1: 8 HDC in magic circle. Do not join. (8)
Round 2: 2 HDC in first St from Round 1 and in each stitch around (16)
Round 3: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in next) around (24)
Round 4: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 2 St) around (32)
Round 5: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 3 St) around (40)
Round 6: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 4 St) around (48)
Round 7: (2 HDC in next St; 1 HDC in each of the next 5 St) around (56)
Rounds 8-21: 1 HDC in each St around (56)
Rounds 22-25: 1 SC in each St around (56)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
  • Do not make a video tutorial of this pattern (or any of my patterns). For a detailed explanation of why this hurts designers, please contact me.

Leave a Comment

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Penny Wheeler April 14, 2015, 11:54 am

    When do you need the hats by?

  • June Adamson April 14, 2015, 1:01 pm

    Well done all of you! Here in Kent, England, we knit hats and scarves for the Seafarers’ Mission. We import so much (more than we should) & the seafarers are poorly paid, far from their families and find our English weather very trying. We make brightly coloured beanies, so they can be seen easily on deck. X

  • barbara April 14, 2015, 6:31 pm

    I would love to help but I cannot get either of those brands in Australia What ply should I use?

  • norma wright April 14, 2015, 10:40 pm

    My daughter works in DC. One holiday season I made hats and scarves, placed them in a zip lock bag With a small Christian tract. when she got off the train in the district she handed a package to a homeless, cold person.

    We all were blessed.

  • Joanne Posillico April 15, 2015, 4:39 pm

    Those pattern is extremely small not sure how it could fit adult head. I made two and they can no way fit an adult.

    • Renee April 17, 2015, 7:10 pm

      I made one and had the same issue. I increased my hook size to a j and then did a row of 2 sc and sc in next 6 stitches after the row of 2 sc and sc in next 5 stitches. It fits my hubby great. The small one fits my 3 year old:)

      • Loxie Lou April 18, 2015, 2:55 pm

        I am working on my “3rd” hat and I think the pattern is great.
        Rows 1-21 are worked in half double crochet (HDC or hdc) . Rows 22-25 are worked in SC in each St around. This makes a larger hat and it is long enough to turn up if needed. HDC also adds more streach in the finished hat. I hope this is helpful. Loxieloug

  • Rose April 16, 2015, 5:52 am

    I have some denim blue colored yarn. Would this color work for the hats? Just checking before I get started!
    Thanks!

  • Lisa Dodson April 16, 2015, 5:48 pm

    I finished my first mens’ beanie cap today. I used I Love This Yarn in navy blue. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Lisa Dodson April 16, 2015, 5:55 pm

    Also I’d like to mention that I love your pattern for the Mason jar covers! I made one last week. I hope to make several more to add beauty to my Mason collection. Thank you for sharing your design. I love it!

  • Wanona Redd April 28, 2015, 9:42 pm

    I will make the hats.

  • Gail April 30, 2015, 7:55 am

    I’ll be mailing 4 love this project! Anything to help spread the name of Jesus!!

  • Lisa Dodson May 8, 2015, 5:13 pm

    Happy to serve God however I can, mailed in my caps today.

  • Karen Newton May 9, 2015, 1:02 am

    I don’t know if I can get them done and mailed by the 15th as this coming week is filled with driving, graduations, and family events. I wll try however to send at least a couple and will definitely participate next year.

  • Jasmine May 13, 2015, 11:24 am

    I’m sending my hats in the mail today!! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to use our skills for good! It’s been an honor!

  • Bernadette Grant May 14, 2015, 9:37 am

    Drat 🙁 Today is May 15th and I have just discovered your blog 🙂 I will keep a look out in case you do something similar for 2016. However, I knit more than I crochet so hope knitted beanies will be acceptable.

  • Joanne May 15, 2015, 4:42 am

    I signed up to make approx 5 hats for the homeless and I’ve been I’ll and unable to complete the designated amount I was to make. Will there be another date you will be sending hats away for the homeless project?

    • Rebecca June 13, 2015, 4:26 pm

      Next Spring 🙂

  • Kristine Woosley May 15, 2015, 11:16 am

    I’m sorry. I just signed up and now see that the hats need to be sent out TODAY. Will you have another drive that I can participatein?

    • Rebecca June 13, 2015, 4:26 pm

      Next Spring! 🙂

  • D Anne Robinson May 15, 2015, 2:41 pm

    I just mailed 3 hats for your mission. I didn’t get a picture, but I hope they help.

  • Deborah Mate June 11, 2015, 4:58 pm

    I see I have missed the deadline for this. Can I still send hats? I have made many hats here for the homeless for the winter and would like to donate half to your project.

    • Rebecca June 13, 2015, 4:26 pm

      Project Hope isn’t’ accepting any more hats, as they are leaving for Colombia in just a couple of days. We will be doing this project again next spring. 🙂

  • Rosie hedrick February 7, 2018, 6:33 am

    Are you still accepting hats for project Hope. I am interested in this project if still up and running.

    • Rebecca February 9, 2018, 3:42 pm

      Not anymore, but thank you for your interest! 🙂